Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition

Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition


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Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition by Richard W. Amero

The Panama-California Exposition of 1915 established San Diego as a focal point of cultural activity in California. The Spanish Colonial Revival exposition buildings, along with those from a second exposition in Balboa, house several of the great museums of San Diego. This 1,200-acre park in the central portion of the city contains the world-famous San Diego Zoo, fifteen museums, the Old Globe Theatre, sports and recreation facilities, hiking trails and some of America's most elaborate gardens. The late Richard W. Amero, longtime Balboa Park historian, wrote extensively about the park and its two expositions. His chapters on the creation of the first exposition have been edited into this essential volume on city history by Michael Kelly, president of the Committee of One Hundred. .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626193451
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 869,474
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

One of San Diego's pre-eminent historians, Richard W. Amero was born in Massachusetts and educated in North Carolina and New York. He adopted San Diego as his home and became dedicated to Balboa Park history, writing for the Journal of San Diego History. The voluminous Richard Amero Collection is a prized feature of the San Diego History Center. Michael Kelly is the President of the Committee of 100, which was formed in 1967 to preserve the heritage of Balboa Park's historical buildings, gardens, and open spaces. The Committee of 100 is a nonprofit organization. Welton Jones wrote about arts and entertainment for The San Diego Union and, later, the Union-Tribune from 1966 to 2001. He served nine years on the board of the American Theatre Critics Association and represented the United States at various international meetings of theatre critics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Welton Jones 7

Preface Michael Kelly 11

1 Making of the Panama-California Exposition: 1909-1915 13

2 The Panama-California Exposition Gets Underway 54

3 San Diego's Year of Glory: 1915 80

4 The Panama-California Exposition Goes International: 1916 113

5 Exposition Mop-Up: 1917 135

6 First Americans Come to Balboa Park 153

7 East Meets West in Balboa Park 180

8 The California Building: San Diego Museum/Museum of Man 197

9 John Charles Olmsted's Wrangle with the Panama-California Exposition Corporation 220

10 Architectural Derivations of Panama-California Exposition Buildings 231

Notes 247

Index 279

About the Author 287

About the Editor 288

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